Why conservatives despise happy holidays.

The history behind current events.
Dec. 15 2006 3:06 PM

A Very Ecumenical Christmas

Why conservatives despise the phrase happy holidays.

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Correction, Dec. 19: The name of department-store mogul John Wanamaker was originally misspelled in the article. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

David Greenberg, a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers and author of three books of political history, has written the "History Lesson" column since 1998.